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Bank robber foiled by mother gets 10 years

A Spokane bank robber turned in by his mother will spend more than a decade in prison. 

Douglas E. Labish, 35, was sentenced to 129 months in prison Thursday by Spokane County Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Conner after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery.

Labish also is to repay $1,650, the amount of cash he stole from Banner Bank (pictured), inside the Safeway grocery store at 933 E. Mission, on Feb. 22.

Labish was arrested outside Banner Bank in the Safeway at 3919 N. Market on Feb. 25 after employees reported someone matching the robber’s description pacing in front of the store.

His mother already had called police after she recognized Labish from surveillance photos of the Feb. 22 robbery.

Labish, who police say lived at the House of Faith homeless shelter, spent time in federal prison for robbing three banks in 2002 - including an old bank located at the same location where Banner on Mission now is.

Robbery suspect arrested outside bank

A man suspected of robbing an east Spokane bank this week was arrested Thursday after police said he appeared to be staking out a different bank.

Douglas E. Labish, 34, is accused of robbing Banner Bank inside the Safeway grocery store at 933 E. Mission on Monday, escaping with about $1,650, according to court documents.

Labish, who police said lived at the House of Faith homeless shelter, spent time in federal prison for robbing three banks in 2002 - including an old bank located at the same location where Banner now is.

Labish’s mother called police Tuesday and said she recognized her son from a surveillance photo of Monday’s robbery, according to a search warrant. That photo is posted above.

Before police could arrest Labish today on a first-degree robbery warrant, employees at Banner Bank in the Safeway at 3919 N. Market reported someone matching the robber’s description pacing in front of the store about 4 p.m.

Police found Labish in the parking lot and arrested him for first-degree robbery and attempted first-degree robbery.

Bank employees said Labish claimed in a note to have a gun but never displayed one.

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